Over the sea to Skye
To Visit Skye we booked a 1 Day Tour with scottish Tours.
Our tour starts with a drive along the full length of Loch Ness. Tour through dramatic Glen Shiel to see the “Five Sisters” mountain range before taking time out to visit beautiful Eilean Donan Castle. Cross “over the sea to Skye” to enjoy spectacular views of the Cuillin Hills and to visit Portree, the main town on the island. Return to the mainland and tour through dramatic Glen Carron before returning to Inverness by Achnasheen and the Black Isle.Our guide had all sorts of information about the history, flora and fauna, the spawn of the salmon and the traditions of whiskey for us. At the end of the tour we even heard great music The Corries and Clanadonia. With this music in the ear and the countryside we passed I was close to tears (again, i know), because it was just perfect. Thanks Ian for this wonderful day!
Photos from Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness and the Invermoriston Falls can be found in Part 1
We followed the A87 til Portree with some very nice Spots
The Skye Bridge (Gaelic: Drochaid an Eilein Sgitheanaich) is a road bridge over Loch Alsh, connecting the Isle of Skye to the island of Eilean Bàn. The name is also used for the whole Skye Crossing, which further connects Eilean Bàn to the mainland across the Carrich Viaduct.
Traditionally, the usual route from the mainland to Skye was the shortest crossing, with a length of around 500 metres (1,640 ft), across the sound between the villages of Kyle of Lochalsh on the mainland and Kyleakin on the island’s east coast. A ferry service operated from around 1600, run by private operators and latterly by Caledonian MacBrayne.
Photos from Kyleakin with View of Eilean Bàn
Sligachan (Gaelic: Sligeachan) is a small settlement on Skye. It is close to the Cuillin mountains and provides a good viewpoint for seeing the Black Cuillin mountains.
We were running late and unfortunately therefore had no time to visit the Sligachan Bridge and also the views of Loch Sligachan had to be done from the bus. But the weather was great and the view of the Cuillin from here fantastic.
The Sligachan Hotel in the Heart of The Cuillin
We only had about 30 minutes in Portree. The place is crowded with tourists and it was hardly possible to get an unobstructed view to the harbor with its picturesque colorful houses. Therefore, I have only taken pictures of the bay and a few from the busy center. And i enjoyed a great Coffee at the Granary Coffeeshop.
Portree (Scottish Gaelic: Port Rìgh) is the largest town on Skye. It is the location for the only secondary school on the Island, Portree High school. Portree has a harbour with a pier designed by Thomas Telford. Attractions in the town include the Àros centre which celebrates the island’s Gaelic heritage. The Royal Hotel is the site of MacNab’s Inn, the last meeting place of Flora MacDonald and Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1746. The town plays host to the Isle of Skye’s shinty club, Skye Camanachd. Around 939 people (37.72% of the population) can speak Scottish Gaelic.(Source Wikipedia)
A lion tops the Mercat (or Market) Cross, which doubles as a war memorial, in downtown Portree
on the way back to Inverness we stopped at various points, but never for very long. I would have liked a longer stay especially in Broadford and Breakish, because good photos simply need time.
Broadford Bay is a magical Place. I could sit there for hours watching just to the water and feeling the wind in my Hair.
on the A87 through Breakish
Last View from the Skye Bridge